On this ill-fated Friday 13th, join Alison Rumfitt in the bookshop to hear all about her spine-chilling second novel, _Brainwyrms_. Following on from bookseller favourite, _Tell Me I'm Worthless_, _Brainwyrms_ is the perfect horror novel for your Spooky Season. If you like your Halloween unrelentingly bleak, brutal and unforgiving, Alison Rumfitt is not to be missed.
Alison is a writer and semi-professional trans woman. Her debut pamphlet of poetry, _The T(y)ranny_, was a critical deconstruction of Margaret Atwood's work through the lens of a trans woman navigating her own misogynistic dystopia. Her debut novel _Tell Me I'm Worthless_ was published by the wonderful indie, Cipher Press, in 2021. Her work has appeared in countless publications such as SPORAZINE, datableed, The Final Girls, Burning House Press, SOFT CARTEL, Glass Poetry and more. Her poetry was nominated - twice! - for the Rhysling Award in 2018.
When a TERF bombs Frankie's workplace, she blows up Frankie's life with it. As the media descends like vultures, Frankie tries to cope with the carnage: binge-drinking, sleeping with strangers, pushing away her friends.
Then, she meets Vanya. Mysterious, beautiful, terrifying Vanya. The two hit it off immediately, but as their relationship intensifies, so too does Frankie's feeling that Vanya is hiding something from her. When Vanya's secrets threaten to tear them apart, Frankie starts digging, and unearths a sinister, depraved conspiracy, the roots of which go deeper than she ever imagined. Shocking, grotesque, and downright filthy, Brainwyrms confronts the creeping reality of political terrorism while exploring the depths of love, pain, and identity.
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